We Went to Grapevine Last Night For a Sneak Peek at Sarah Palin Doc. A Tea Party Broke Out.

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If you drove to Grapevine last night, entered the mall on the corner of Grapevine Mills Boulevard and Stars and Stripes Way, hurried past the Legoland, the Foot Locker and, outside the aquarium, two children strapped into some kind of bungee-jumping ride, pogoing slowly over and over again from floor to ceiling, then walked down the long hall of the AMC 30 movie theater, you could find a special "leaders only" screening of the new documentary about Sarah Palin, The Undefeated. To RSVP online for the event, one had to check a box, which stated, "I testify that I'm a leader with significant influence in my community." There was also a blank field to describe "what you do as a leader."

"You missed the beginning where everybody's cussin' about her," the volunteer at the table outside the theater told me. A tall, muscular, sandy-haired kid with very wide blue eyes and a polo shirt tucked into crisp jeans, he shook his head in disbelief, "It's pretty harsh."

But that's about the only harshness you'll find in The Undefeated, which was made by director Stephen K. Bannon without Sarah Palin's direct participation but with her clear blessing. The film uses significant portions from the audio book of her memoir Going Rogue as voiceover, and when the film debuted in Pella, Iowa on June 28, Palin and husband Todd attended the festivities.

The movie, which charts her career as mayor of Wasilla and governor of Alaska, is less a documentary than a glowing two-hour infomercial for Sarah Palin, Presidential Candidate To-Be. It's pre-screening in select cities now and will be distributed in some AMC theaters on July 15, including in Dallas. So, what to expect? Jump to find out as we split a box of popcorn with some Tea Party-goers.

The purpose of the film, basically, is for people who currently work for her -- or have in the past, including her attorney, who looks a little depressed, and numerous people who were part of her mayoral and gubernatorial campaigns -- to talk about her achievements and bash her foes, who are part of what one talking head calls "an uprising of hatred" against Palin. Her arguments with detractors are described in the movie as "a spiritual battle." She's no longer just the folksy-aphorism-spoutin' hockey mom we were introduced to in 2008. The film elevates her to nothing less than a primary fighter in a holy war, a lone holdout against the encroaching forces of darkness.

"Are you ready to fight for your freedoms?" Palin asks a roaring crowd in one scene.

A man sitting behind me shouted, "OH, YEAH!" (The Tea Party's Rocky Horror Picture Show, perhaps?)

But the "mama grizzly" comparison we've heard from the Palin camp before makes its way into the movie: She also describes herself in a stump speech as an eagle defending her eaglets, and as a Nanook protecting her cub. At this point, someone in the theater started applauding softly and didn't stop for a long while. Soon after, Barack Obama appeared onscreen twice, prompting a bout of hissing and booing each time from several corners of the room.

After the film, the woman sitting next to me -- who turned out to be Lorie Medina, the head of the Dallas Tea Party -- talked a bit about about Sarah Palin haters. Many of them, she thinks, are motivated by bitterness.

"She's what the feminists have told us to be shooting for," she said. "She has a great marriage, a huge family and an incredible career."

Does Medina think Palin would run for president?

"Well, that's the $64,000 question," she said. "Some days I wake up and I think she will, some days I think she won't." I asked if Palin would be her first choice for president. "Of course," she said, looking faintly shocked.

"The media tried to portray her as a raving theocrat," Thomas Chanteloup told me. He's a Tea Party activist from Iowa and has blogged at Conservatives4Palin.com.

"In fact, she's a devoted Christian woman," he said. "We're headed for the cliff financially and fiscally. There's only one person who will push to cut spending." Palin, he said, "will restore the country back to limited government. You can't create heaven on earth, which is what the liberals want."

"When they don't even believe in God!" added another Tea Party leader, who had come up from San Antonio for the screening. He asked me what I thought of the film. After a moment of silence, during which we looked at each other politely, he showed me his tie, which was part of Rush Limbaugh's No Boundaries Collection. It was a very nice tie.

"There's nothing wrong in America a good ol' fashioned election can't fix!" Palin exclaims brightly near the end of the film. The audience in Grapevine clapped, cheered and whistled at that. As the movie faded to black, the clapping was replaced with earnest chants of "Run, Sarah, run!"

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Lonestranger
Lonestranger

She is UNDEFEATED at what? Lost the run for Vice President, quit her job of Governor of Alaska. What has she done except promote herself and rake in speaker fees. Maybe it is as presumed leader of a group who wants to destroy American makes her UNDEFEATED. Maybe Palin doesn't even know.

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

Conservatism:  The practice of being spectacularly wrong time and again and still pressing forward anyway.

carltonwest
carltonwest

Ooooh, Superstar Sarah Palin really rocks our socks. She is one fine, fragrant, fashionable, fearless lady, and she will be a powerful & popular President. "The Undefeated" is a wonderful documentary the whole family can enjoy together.

Junior Samples
Junior Samples

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Jeffrey Buckner
Jeffrey Buckner

Did the movie explain how Palin left the town of Wasilla $20 Million in debt when she was Mayor? So much for republican fiscal restraint. 

Admonkey
Admonkey

She's not a theocrat. Wonkette summed it up best: she's a snowbilly grifter.

Next.

blueniner
blueniner

Obama one hard working President, 75 golf trips, 35 fund raisers, 9-1% unemployment,$14.5 trillion in debt======PRICELESS !

Montemalone
Montemalone

I've tried to read all the comments, it's even better than Arianna's place, but obviously Todd and Bristol are on a rampage, so the caliber of argument just isn't up to where it needs to be to hold my attention.

Montemalone
Montemalone

The Undefeated?

Be she was Blanche, she was!

Nancy6
Nancy6

The only thing Obama seems to be working on as President is his golf game and 15 ft. jumper.

Buck Taylor
Buck Taylor

LIBS SAY BAMSTER IS A DIC. MUST BE TRUE

Smitty
Smitty

I love it when the barnyard livestock critique the farm wife and her ways.

Let's see...Sarah Palin isn't buying a Calatrava bridge, is she? You are. Sarah Palin isn't buying a Soviet era government hotel, is she? You are. Sarah Palin isn't the property, like so many potato grubbing Medieval peasants, of a few aristocratic families and their lackeys, is she? You are.

Oh, and Jack E. Jett, I was pleased to see Obama agrees with Michelle Bachmann on gay marriage, weren't you? That neither believes in it but both agree that it should be left up to the states. Makes it hard to decide who to send your money to, doesn't it?

Cluck, cluck, squeal, squeal, moooooo...what fierce music you critical critters make!

So where is that Better Block Bike Plan documentary playing nationwide, for cash? Let's go see that instead of this loser's latest success.

Coleman
Coleman

The first fat president was of course John Quincy Adams.

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

Sarah will never sell herself short.  This film is simply another publicity stuntto make Palin what she really wants…. not the presidency, but cold hardCASH.  Palin is for $ale and is making itrich on your dime with every book, speaking engagement, and movie ticket thatmarkets her image and sells her looks (it’s certainly not her choice of wordswhich got her this far.)  Check out thisvery scandalous portrait of her erotically rolling in the dough on my artist’sblog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot...

Dan C
Dan C

How come this review makes no mention of her vast accomplishments as Governor such as taking on corruption and how exactly that happened? Did you miss that? It is pretty important ya know!

Citizen of Massachusetts
Citizen of Massachusetts

I like this better:If you don't vote Liberal in your 20's, you don't have a heart.If you don't vote Conservative in your 40's you don't have a brain.

Citizen of Massachusetts
Citizen of Massachusetts

Well gee Jeff you must be talking about the sports complex voted in by the community back in 2002 and scheduled to be paid of within 10 years by the revenue generated by the sports complex.IT WAS APPROVED AND VOTED IN BY THE CITIZENS!!!!!!!!!What a refreshing approach to government.

Do try to stay off the Palin bashing talking points, they're harmful to your health and reality.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

I assume you condemned W for setting a record for most vacation day of any modern President during his First term?

So you're complaining Obama is working harder than W?

MattL1
MattL1

How did you get away with commenting without getting berated by my new friends?  I make ONE innocent joke and suddenly I'm on the Alaska's Most Wanted list.  SO not fair...

Citizen of Massachusetts
Citizen of Massachusetts

Does anyone know the POTUS' golf handicap?I certainly hope it is improving for all the time he has invested in the game.Funny how W was continually harassed by the media for his links playing, yet the Community Organizer Chief gets rarely a mention.I read somewhere that the media is kinda partial to Democrats and Obama in particular.But that can't be true, look how the media treated Reagan.Oh, never mind.

RBLRDR
RBLRDR

And a Lib said Palin is a T wat so that must be true too then.

Coleman
Coleman

Why would Sarah Palin need a Calatrava bridge when she already has the Gravina Island bridge? 

DefCon66
DefCon66

I hope you aren't seriously expecting anyone here to defend Bachmann the flake.

DefCon66
DefCon66

So your the friggin' a-hole spamming that crap on Palin blogs. I hope you have a real job or you will literally be a starving artist.

colint
colint

Rubbish. She was Asked to do another season of "Sarah Palin's Alaska". She declined. She can get $100,000 per speach. 90% are done free for charity or support politicians. She could be an Oprah but she wants to serve her country. Some of what you write shows you are a pervert.

RBLRDR
RBLRDR

Maybe he was laughing to hard to recall that part.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Stare fearlessly into the gaping maw of idiocy, and type on my friend, type on.

blueniner
blueniner

Is he the guy with the unfunny HBO show that Sarah refered to as "the little fella"?

Nancy6
Nancy6

See, now your example would not work because an Obama worshiper called Obama a bad word, unexpected, whereas, in your attempted rebuttal, a PDS sufferer called her a bad word, predictable.

DefCon66
DefCon66

There's no such bridge, there's a ferry and if you wanna complain about that then dig up Ted Stevens and Young and Murkowski to tell them about it. Palin vetoed the funding to that but it was overridden by the state house and senate. I guess the libs motto is "ignorance is bliss."

Smitty
Smitty

Oh, you're right, Coleman! You bought that Gravina Island bridge too! Have you bought the one in Brooklyn yet? I think the card that comes with it reads "Hope and Change".

You tell 'em, Bossy! Go "Mooooooo" Go on...."Mooooo"   There ya go.

Coleman
Coleman

Actually this was SUPPOSED to be a response to someone who said something about "the first fat president" or something and got placed as it's own comment by mistake...and I have no idea how you got "Michelle Bachmann" out of "John Quincy Adams." But you're right, Bachmann is a flake and a little psychotic. She's just as bad as Palin.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

Yeah, its ridiculous to think anyone here would be defending an unelectable flake.

DefCon66
DefCon66

Ted Baxter, is that you?

DarkTides2
DarkTides2

Nancy, the Libs with PDS are afraid of the truth. They LIKE the darkness; it is their comfort zone.

blueniner
blueniner

You libs are a whole cult of evil, way to sabatage the economy and America!

Nancy6
Nancy6

Well, that is not true, no culting going on at C4P.Brag about donating money? I don't know about that one, just letting other people know you are in the fight......but the part about encouraging other people to donate is pretty common. Don't you ever tell your friends about a worthy cause, to donate to? Encourage them the person/organization is trustworthy and will use the money toward likeminded endeavors? What is odd about that?Hey, if you could, would you vote for Governor Palin in an open primary to make sure she is the one to face Obama in 2012?:)Because The Left is putting out mixed signals, they say they aren't scared of her, yet, she is the only one no one seems to want to run? They have their Romney love, their Huntsman love, Anyone But Palin, but, there is no love for Palin from The Left/Media whatsoever. It is truly strange.

RBLRDR
RBLRDR

It's a gathering site for people with PDS.  You people are a cult you even brag when you donate money to SarahPAC and push other people to do the same. You're a cult for the enrichment of a political celebrity.

Nancy6
Nancy6

C4P is the best place to get the truth and facts about Governor Palin.I wouldn't call us deranged or obsessed, quirky/fun loving and wanting to replace President Obama with a truly accomplished and principled leader, Governor Palin, is the way I would describe it!:)

RBLRDR
RBLRDR

If you want to see PDS in action just visit C4P. Talk about deranged people with Palin  obsession, wow!

RBLRDR
RBLRDR

You don't even know what an analogy is because I wasn't using one, nor was the comment I replied to an analogy.  We both used what is called a "citation". He cited "a Lib" as a credible source and so did I.  But go ahead and brag about your lack of education. Heck, go ahead and put it on your resume.

Sapwolf
Sapwolf

Exactly.  Libs cannot even think up proper analogies.  You will not find more formally educated morons than the American Left.

Coleman
Coleman

no moral righteousness here, I just don't want you getting me involved in your animal fetish.

Smitty
Smitty

Animal fetish...you, mean, like, a duck?

I understand, though...suggesting cow behavior to a committed duck-man must be for you like suggesting your sister might enjoy dating that nice Afro-American man she works with, right?

So tell me, Coleman, how do you reconcile your moral righteousness with blatantly flaunting your theft of Disney's intellectual property? Oh, wait, you're a liberal Democrat, right?

Coleman
Coleman

Listen dude, don't try to get me involved in whatever animal fetish you might have.

scottindallas
scottindallas

MB said that JQA was a founding father, which was a bit funny as he was a boy during the Revolution. 

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